Film, Film & TV, Review

Dispatch: Siskel Film Center’s Chicago European Union Film Festival: Spotlight on Belgium

After more than 25 years of March featuring the upcoming slate of films released from the nations of the European Union as part of their Chicago European Union Film Festival […]

Steve Prokopy /
Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Pride Arts Stages Shakespeare’s R & J, the Classic Romance, With a New Kind of Magic

Four young women actors, dressed in today’s version of a parochial school uniform (of this, more  later) mime a school day, beginning with their confessions. “Bless me, Father, for I have […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: In the Rousing, Sweeping Dune: Part Two, a World Becomes Real and a Young Man Confronts His Fate With Ferocity

As is often the case with origin stories, there’s a great deal of world building and character establishment that has to play out before we can even get to the […]

Steve Prokopy /
Stages, Theater

Review: At American Blues, The Reclamation of Madison Hemings Tells the Story of Two of Jefferson’s Enslaved Laborers, One of Them His Son

Two middle-aged Black men, both formerly enslaved, visit Monticello the year after the Civil War ends. They’re not there as tourists to explore the majesty of Thomas Jefferson’s estate or […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Italy’s Harrowing Io Capitano Earns Its Place Among This Year’s International Feature Oscar Nominees

Although it’s one of this year’s five Oscar-nominated Best International Feature Films, Italy’s Io Capitano is the last of the five to finally be released in theaters stateside, and now […]

Steve Prokopy /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: In Drive-Away Dolls, Ethan Coen Maps a Road Movie with Plenty of Sex and Laughs Along the Way

At least for now, the Coen Brothers as a filmmaking unit, are no more. Three years ago, Joel Coen adapted Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, and now brother Ethan counters […]

Steve Prokopy /
Stages, Theater

Review: Goodman Theatre’s Matchbox Magic Flute Is a Tiny Enchantment

Great works of art come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are vast and sweeping, like the Sistine Chapel or Anna Karenina; and sometimes they are tiny, like a […]

Doug Mose /
Game, Games & Tech, Review

Review: Howl Is a Tight Turn-Based Strategy With a Melancholy Atmosphere

2023 was packed full of great video games, so it makes sense if you missed a few. I know I did–I’m still playing catch-up. That means I missed some great […]

Antal Bokor /
Music, Previews

Preview: Uniflora Brings the Heat with “Hellgirl” Before Their Show at Metro

The Chicago music scene is just overflowing with treasures. With every passing year, new, more and more outright amazing bands come out of our city. Sometimes it can be overwhelming […]

Julian Ramirez /
Stages, Theater

Review: Invictus Theatre Delivers a Living History Lesson in Topdog/Underdog

The way we are taught American history is a scratch-the-surface deal that requires us to keep digging. Playwright Suzan Lori-Parks is a master excavator of history and reveals it in […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Writers Theatre’s The Band’s Visit to a Small Israeli Town Features Intimate and Emotional Storytelling

Adam Qutaishat, Dana Saleh Omar, and Dave Honigman in THE BAND'S VISIT. Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Dina (Sophie Madorsky) enters at the top of the show. The space is empty as she calmly stares down at the audience and whispers the opening lines of the play: […]

Lauren Katz /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: The Taste of Things Is a Soft, Sumptuous Celebration of French Culinary Culture

The Taste of Things is, by all accounts, a film tailor-made for me—and maybe you, too. A French period romance centered on the country’s rich culinary history starring the great […]

Lisa Trifone /